The 1996 murder of iconic rap artist Tupac Shakur has never been officially solved. It’s probably going to be a lot harder to now that the murder weapon is missing, according to TMZ. You can barely get away with committing a crime in our surveillance and scary science culture, so that gun is probably key. For the DNA! Hell, the one time I forgot to bring doggie bags out with me and had to leave his results out there, an angry neighbor woman tracked us down by our DNA!
It’s not exactly a The Jinx-level revelation like a wacky old man overheard confessing multiple murders to himself in the john, but A&E’s Who Killed Tupac? docu-series did have one surprising tidbit. It turns out that the gun that killed Tupac was inadvertently found in a backyard in LA’s Compton neighborhood 18 years ago. It wasn’t ID’ed until 2006, when an LA County Sherrif’s Dept. deputy named Timothy Brennan was investigating the murder of Tupac’s arch-enemy, The Notorious B.I.G. He recognized the address of the yard as “the home of the girlfriend of a prominent Crip member.” LA’s notorious Crips gang is reportedly suspected of involvement in Tupac’s murder. The deputy ran ballistic tests and it turned out the gun was the one used to murder Shakur.
But there’s a clean spot shaped like a gun in the dust of some evidence room in either LA or Vegas! It’s gone. TMZ says that it’s been missing for 11 years.
Tupac was murdered in Las Vegas while riding in a car with his unlucky charm and all around drama queen Suge Knight. You would think that LA would have immediately handed the gun over to Las Vegas PD so they could get around to solving the murder. But no, a federal prosecutor who was concerned that “the discovery might alert potential conspirators” advised the LA Sherrif’s Dept. to hang onto it. All of this information was in a police document uncovered by Who Killed Tupac?’s producers at A&E. They got in touch with the LVPD to get their side of it.
A&E says it contacted LVPD, and some officers said the gun definitely never got to them, while others said they were unsure. Bottom line … if anyone knows where it is now, they’re not copping to it.
But Brennan told TMZ that it was the ATF who did the ballistics testing on the gun. When it came up as a match in the federal law enforcement database, they reportedly sent it on to Vegas. But Las Vegas told them it wasn’t the gun they were looking for. Huh?
Brennan says law enforcement in Vegas didn’t believe it was a match. He says he was never told why they reached that conclusion, but they rejected the weapon. Brennan says what should have happened next is the ATF to send it back to L.A.
Brennan, who is now retired, thinks the gun is now in LA somewhere. The docu-series hints that news of the discovery of the gun might have been withheld from the public due to fears of renewed gang violence. So, if anyone finds a Glock just randomly lying around, be sure to give the LAPD, LVPD, or Fox News (because – CONSPIRACIES) a call.
While Tupac is celebrated as one of the greatest in the game, no one ever mentions his role in Poetic Justice. That’s the one where Janet plays a depressed hairdresser/poet who reluctantly takes a road trip with a mailman and aspiring rapper played by Tupac. Janet was ok, but Tupac’s character was surprisingly sweet as the romantic lead. I’d like to think that his association with the project helped get it made. Because it provided us with one of the greatest lines of dialogue in cinema history.
Thank you for whatever role you had in that, Tupac.